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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Educational Studies

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This major is for students who wish to study the Education field without obtaining teacher certification.

Students interested in seeking teacher certification should not enroll in this major. Instead, they should consult the Division of Education handbook for information on the curriculum, policies and requirements of the division and of teacher certification process.

EDU 201 - Multicultural Education -D - 3.00

This course addresses various aspects of multiculturalism and cultural diversity such as culture, race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, language, age, and exceptionality. By examining these micro-cultures, students will understand and use this knowledge to meet individual student needs and address cultural differences effectively in the classroom. Concepts and strategies for teaching different cultural, racial, and ethnic groups, including English language learners, are included.

EDU 211 - Educational Technology I - 3.00

The role of technology in the K-12 classroom and issues surrounding technology use are examined. Students incorporate technology use into projects presented to the class.

EDU 231 - Exceptional Child - 3.00

A study of children with special needs who qualify for special education services. Topics include the history and legal basis of special education, the special education process, assessment and evaluation procedures, characteristics, and appropriate intervention strategies and teaching methods. Emphasis is placed on characteristics and teaching strategies for the following exceptionalities: learning disabilities, mental retardation, behavior/emotional disorders and giftedness.

EDU 250 - Foundations of Education - 3.00

This course is a comprehensive overview of the foundations of education in the United States. It focuses on the development of educational institutions and ideas, social forces that have influenced them and current issues affecting educators. It specifically includes a survey of the policies, procedures, portfolios and certification examinations that are part of the Missouri educator certification process. The nine Missouri Teacher Standards will be integrated, and used as a guide, throughout the course.

EDU 291 - Beginning Clinical Experience - 2.00

Teacher candidates observe and participate in an assigned classroom for a minimum of 30 hours. They observe and become familiar with the classroom organization and management, curriculum, and the school's instructional program. They work with students in various groupings and observe and implement differentiation strategies.

EDU 341 - Teaching Mathematics - 3.00

This course is designed to provide undergraduate education students an opportunity to become familiar with selected content, appropriate instructional techniques, and materials for teaching mathematics in the K-8 classroom. The philosophy of teaching mathematics recommended by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum Standards, Common Core State Standards, and Assessment Standards will be emphasized. In addition, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Subject-Specific Competencies for K-8 Mathematics Education will also be addressed.

EDU 392 - Reading & Wrtng in the Content Area - 3.00

This course addresses the special demands of content area reading and writing for both elementary and secondary students and encourages teachers in all content areas to reflect on their roles as literacy providers. An overview of the possible causes of reading difficulties and simple assessment procedures are discussed. Students will also learn teaching strategies for improved comprehension of content materials, study skills, and vocabulary.

EDU 393 - Teaching Reading and Writing - 3.00

Students will understand curriculum and instructional planning of reading and writing in k-12 classrooms. Students will plan and differentiate lessons based on student needs. Instruction will focus on reading, writing and language acquisition in all grade levels. Students will work together and experience different expectations for pre-service teachers in collaborative groups. Throughout this course students will develop a better understanding of literacy development; phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Students will understand how to organize literacy instruction

EDU 395 - Intermediate Clinical Experience - 3.00

Teacher candidates observe and participate in various ways in an assigned classroom for a minimum of 30 hours. They become familiar with lesson planning, differentiation strategies, assessment techniques, and the analysis of demographic information. Teacher candidates work with students throughout this experience and plan and execute a lesson with the direction of the cooperating teacher. This lesson is delivered to the whole class, a small group, or an individual student. They then reflect on student learning as a result of this lesson. Prerequisite: EDU291 and Admittance to the Teacher Ed Program

EDU 422 - Measurement & Assessment in Education - 3.00

This course provides an overview of the theory, concepts, and principles of measurement and assessment in education. The emphasis of this course will be on the application of principles, techniques, and procedures involving the construction and use of various forms of formal and informal assessments to enhance the instructional process. The course considers the use of student data, data analysis, and data-based decision-making to monitor student progress and improve student learning and instruction. Prerequisite: EDU 395, an additional 300 level major course, and Secondary Education major

EDU 441 - Student Centered Reading & Writing - 3.00

This is a field based course that covers instruction of language acquisition, phonics, fluency, comprehension and writing in a K-12 classroom. Students will observe a classroom during ELA instruction and tutor a student in reading and writing. Students will spend 12 hours intensively tutoring their assigned student, they will be assisted by collaborating during class meetings to better serve the student. The pre-service teacher will analyze reading and writing samples and assessments of their assigned student, they will then develop an appropriate lessons for language acquisition, phonics, vocabulary, and writing skills. Students will work intensively with students who have been assessed and need assistance to be at grade level in ELA instruction. Prerequisites: EDU395

EDU 453 - Classroom Management - 3.00

The nature of behavior problems in schools, including types, etiology, and management through educational and behavioral intervention procedures are addressed. Students are encouraged to take this course the semester before they do their student teaching. Prerequisite: EDU231 and EDU395

MAT 231 - Understanding Mathematics for Tchrs - 3.00

This course will address the mathematical knowledge, skill, and processes taught in K-8 classroom settings. The course will focus heavily on both the content and process standards developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and will use the six principles of mathematics as a guide.

PED 352 - Instrctnl Techniques in Health K-12 - 3.00

To develop an understanding and competency in teaching health, nutrition, and safety in the elementary grades. Required for K-12 Physical Education, Early Childhood, and Elementary Education majors.

PSY 221 - Educational Psychology -S - 3.00

The study of the psychological principles that support the foundation of educational theory and practice. The student will be able to understand and apply the psychological principles that form the basis of educational theory and practice.

PSY 226 - Child and Adolescent Development -S - 3.00

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the typical development of a child from birth through emerging adulthood. Biological, cognitive and social development and the influencing factors will be covered. Students will be expected to apply the theories discussed in the course to improve child welfare.